Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat ripped into U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, a day after the American leader met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for their fifth meeting in the last year and second since Trump recognized Jerusalem, infuriating the Palestinians.
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“Trump wanted to separate and isolate the issue of Jerusalem from the peace process, and ended up isolating the United States,” Erekat said.
The meeting between Trump and Netanyahu took place in the White House on Monday where the two leaders delivered joint remarks on the planned U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem.
In his talks with Trump, Netanyahu is said to have remarked that Iran dominated the discussion. "We also spoke about Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinians. Around half the time about Iran, maybe even a little more, and the second half on the rest of these issues. We didn't spend more than 15 minutes of the conversation on the Palestinian issue."
At the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference (AIPAC) in Washington Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addressed Erekat, who in February told her to "shut up" after she criticized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
In response, Haley said "I will never shut up," to cheers of "Nikki! Nikki!" from the crowd. On Tuesday, Netanyahu will address AIPAC.
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